The Best New Cruises Setting Sail in 2019
Italy, Spain, and Monaco | Aboard the Celebrity Edge
What a gamechanger! Nearly every inch of this newbie—cabins, restaurants, and a floating cantilevered Magic Carpet platform—delivers mesmerizing sea views. Those vistas make sailing to Europe's most glittery Med ports, like Monte Carlo and Barcelona, picture-postcard-perfect. Back onboard, regroup from a sightseeing whirlwind by jogging the multi-level track, then soaking in a two-story martini-shaped hot tub. Afterwards, it’s a performance artist, raw bar, and bubbly kind of night.
- Learn more and book it: Italy, Spain & Monaco Cruise
Duration: 11 days
Departure: June 5, 2019
Rates start at: $2,29
Trans-Atlantic Crossing, England to USA | Aboard the Queen Mary 2
Plié your way across the Atlantic with six lead dancers of the English National Ballet. This first-time Cunard collaboration allows rare entry into the artists' rigorous training classes and rehearsals. The dancers stay on-point, performing, lecturing, and leading daily passenger workshops, throughout the cruise. When not getting your third-position on, catch the dance-themed movies and documentaries this elegant ocean liner screens.
- Learn more and book it: Dance the Atlantic
Duration: 8 days
Departure: August 11, 2019
Rates start at: $1,42
Cuba, Jamaica | Aboard Seabourn Sojourn
Hey, Havana. Rev up those '50s cars for an overnight in this fabled city, and for Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos overnights, too. All three gems, deemed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, offer friendly vibes and charming colonial architecture. Cuba is all-new to swanky Sojourn, lauded for its splendid suites, complimentary champagne and caviar, and superstar chef Thomas Keller's polished takes on old-school faves, like tableside-tossed Caesar salad and lobster Thermidor.
- Learn more and book it: 12-Day Stars of the Cuban Sky
Duration: 12 days
Departure: November 4, 2019
Rates start at: $6,49
Alaska, Canada | Aboard the Azamara Quest
Azamara Quest retools Alaska, adding more port time, late-night visits, and new small-group excursions to rub shoulders with locals. Taste seafood with a fisherman, dog sled on Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier, and join exhilarating photo safari expeditions led by Alaskan experts. Onboard, unwind with acupuncture, find lady luck in the casino, cut into mouthwatering prime steaks, or simply soak up the Midnight Sun from your private verandah.
- Learn more and book it: 8-Night Alaska Adventure Voyage
Duration: 9 days
Departure: June 14, 2019
Rates start at: $3,199
Japan, Korea | Aboard the Silver Muse
Styled like a chic Milano hotel, the all-suite Silversea flagship beckons with a Zen spa, high-tech gym, buzzy casino, and eight primo eateries. On Muse's new roundtrip Tokyo cruise, wave goodbye to your white-gloved butler to tour ancient temples, castles, and shrines, and gawk at Mt. Fuji and Kyoto's geishas. Bow before the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, and to the thundering Shiraito Waterfall in Shimizu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Learn more and book it: Tokyo to Tokyo Asia Cruise
Duration: 10 days
Departure: October 11, 2019
Rates start at: $6,390
Antarctica | Aboard Scenic Eclipse
Find your inner explorer on this new James Bond-meets-Ernest-Shackleton expedition ship, where thrills unfold not just on kayaks and Zodiacs, but aboard submarines and helicopters, too. Score thrills aplenty sailing by towering blue-tinted icebergs, visiting working scientific bases, and stepping onto islands populated only by penguins. The region's wildness starkly contrasts Eclipse's cushiness; amenities include all-suite accommodations and butlers, indoor heated pool, spa, yoga and Pilates studio, champagne bar and 10 refined dining choices, from pan-Asian to French.
- Learn more and book it: Antarctica in Depth
Duration: 12 days
Departure: December 7, 2019
Rates start at: $19,195
Galapágos Islands, Ecuador | Aboard Celebrity Flora
Wander amidst frolicking sea lions, snap closeups of blue-footed boobies, snorkel among sea turtles, hike trails alongside marine iguanas. Sailing a new exploratory vessel purpose-built for the Galápagos, this world-heralded nature reserve becomes your oyster. The ship's numerous floor-to-ceiling views—from the library and hot tub, to king-bed suites with private verandas—makes onboard spotting seabird and marine life easy-peasy.
- Learn more and book it: Galapagos Outer Loop Itinerary
Duration: 8 days
Departure: May 26, 2019
Rates start at: $12,499